September, 07 2022

⚖️ Oath Keepers Outed

The Anti-Defamation League Center on Extremism and the transparency collective Distributed Denial of Secrets partnered to release a comprehensive list of members of the right-wing extremist group the Oath Keepers. The list revealed that hundreds of the members are politicians, law enforcement officers, and members of the military.

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⚖️ Texas Rules on PrEP

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas Judge Reed O'Connor ruled against an Obamacare provision that requires employers to provide coverage for STIs and HIV care and prevention. The provision was challenged in the Texas court on the grounds that it violates the employer's religious freedoms.

⚖️ Steve Bannon To Surrender Himself

Steve Bannon is expected to turn himself over to New York authorities on Thursday and face a new criminal charge for his role in the crowdfunding campaign to 'Build the Wall' between Mexico and the U.S., which he and other conspirators used to enrich their own pockets. Trump pardoned Bannon in an earlier iteration of the charges, but New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg is pursuing charges again.

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⚖️ Nuclear Secrets Stored at Mar-a-Lago

A report was published today about the documents seized from the August 8th raid on Mar-a-Lago revealed that amongst the boxes were documents that contained information about foreign nations' nuclear capabilities. The report also reveals that the documents were so classified that even national security officials with the highest security clearance possible were unaware of their existence.

💻 New Ring Encryptions

Ring is a home security company owned by Amazon that has come under fire for its data practices and privacy policy. Now, they are offering end-to-end encryption of video and audio on their battery-powered video doorbells and security cameras. Users who opt in will be able to restrict who has access to the data from the Camera to just two devices and prevent the company from sharing the footage with law enforcement without their consent.

💻 Apple Event Details

At Apple's 'Far Out' event today, the company announced the newest Apple Watches, AirPods and debuted the iPhone 14.

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💻 Obamas Unveil Official Portraits

Former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama returned to The White House today to unveil their official portraits. Robert McCurdy, known for his hyperrealistic style, painted Barack Obama and Sharon Sprung painted Michelle. The ceremony is the first unveiling in ten years after Trump discontinued the long-running tradition. The two were also reunited with President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden.

💻 At War Over Call of Duty

PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan revealed that Microsoft, who is in the process of acquiring the maker of Call of Duty, offered to keep the game on PlayStation for three years beyond the current agreed contract between Activision Blizzard and Sony. The CEO of Microsoft Gaming, Phil Spencer, had claimed earlier this week that Xbox and PlayStation had inked a deal to keep Call of Duty on the platform for \"at least several more years\" past the previously agreed date when it was actually three. The exchange sparked gamers' attention when Jim Ryan spoke out about the reality of the deal.

🍿 Peek into Babylon

Director Damien Chazelle released the first look into his epic Hollywood story, Babylon, which comes out in December. The film stars Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Diego Calva as they galavant through old Hollywood's glitz and glamour.

🍿 New Trailer, New Styles

The new trailer for 'My Policeman' starring Emma Corrin, David Dawson, and Harry Styles debuted today. The plot follows the three, who are entangled in a love triangle when Styles and Dawson begin a romantic relationship. Styles received mixed reviews for his role in 'Don't Worry Darling,' so the trailer is generating a lot of buzz.

🍿 Frances Tiafoe Advances

Frances Tiafoe is heading to the semifinals in the US Open after defeating Andrey Rublev in straight sets. He is the first American man to make the US Open semifinals since 2006.

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Microsoft launched the integration between ChatGPT and its search engine, Bing, today. Users aren’t able to interact with the bot yet but can view a demo on the Bing homepage.
Technology
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

ChatGPT-Enabled Bing Blasts Off

Microsoft launched the integration between ChatGPT and its search engine, Bing, today. Users aren’t able to interact with the bot yet but can view a demo on the Bing homepage.
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ChatGPT goes mainstream

  • Microsoft integrated ChatGPT into Bing and released a demo on the Bing homepage today.
  • The bot aims to provide answers to search queries directly to enhance productivity.
  • Microsoft added a more complex version of GPT, GPT 4, into the search engine, which is able to provide more useful answers, annotate answers and provide up-to-date results with fewer errors.
  • One implication of the integration could be that articles or blogs may get fewer clicks, meaning fewer dollars for publishers from ads.
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Disney's DeSantis-Land

February 7, 2023
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The battle between Ron DeSantis and Disney is heating up. A new bill introduced in Florida would give Ron DeSantis the authority to appoint all five leaders of Disney’s special tax district in Orlando. DeSantis and Disney have been at odds since Disney criticized the Florida governor for his anti-LGBTQ policies.
Entertainment
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Disney's DeSantis-Land

The battle between Ron DeSantis and Disney is heating up. A new bill introduced in Florida would give Ron DeSantis the authority to appoint all five leaders of Disney’s special tax district in Orlando. DeSantis and Disney have been at odds since Disney criticized the Florida governor for his anti-LGBTQ policies.
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DeSantis takes over

  • Under newly proposed legislation released on Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis would get to appoint all five leaders of Disney’s special tax district in Orlando, FL.
  • DeSantis promised to take over the district last year after Disney criticized his administration’s anti-LGBTQ policies.
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Mercedes Benz is bringing the electric sprinter van to North America in 2023.
Mercedes Benz is bringing the electric sprinter van to North America in 2023.
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Electric sprint begins

  • Mercedes is releasing the largest version of its electric sprinter van in North America in 2023.
  • The Mercedes-Benz eSprinter has excellent mileage both on the highways and in cities.
  • The van can charge with alternating current and direct current.
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